Top rankers from the state at this year’s Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) had much more on their minds than checking their results that were announced on Sunday morning. They had a more pressing practical exercise: sitting for the state’s Common Entrance Test. This year, AICTE-approved institutes across the state will admit 65% of their intake based on CET scores, and 35% through CMAT scores. For other b-schools, the CMAT is optional.
Thus, the CMAT this year is an additional option, rather than being a primary admission entry route for students.
Sujitkumar Birendranath, 25, who stood second overall and emerged as the state topper, scoring 322 out of 400, avoided checking his results in the morning and before going in for the CET heard he had come second.
“It was difficult to concentrate, but my parents said I must focus,” said Birendranath, who quit a job at a consultancy last August to prepare for different tests. “But when the test started I somehow managed to focus.”
However, even though he has come second in the CMAT, his targets lie elsewhere: SP Jain in Mumbai and XLRI in Jamshedpur, which have their own tests and the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies which will admit students through the CET and CMAT.
“JBIMS is one of my main targets, so the more test options I get used to the better,” said Birendranath, whose first degree is in engineering. He said the CMAT was a simple test, but since it was the first year of the exam no one was quite sure about what to expect.
Priyamvada Mhaddalkar, 21, who stood first among girls in the state scored 288 and ranked number 43, went in for her exam, and came out to find about her CMAT success. However, having got a call from Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode, that is her first choice if she makes the final list.
“I was expecting around 300, so the score is lower than my expectations, but I am very happy,” said Mhaddalkar, a final year engineering student at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute in Matunga.